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Nativity Trail (private tour)

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Nativity Trail (private tour)

$1,370.00 per person

For twenty centuries, people have been telling the Christmas story about the birth of Jesus Christ in Bethlehem.

People of all faiths can identify with the young mother-to-be, Mary, travelling by donkey with her husband Joseph, all the way from the village of Nazareth in the Galilee to a distant town–a journey of many long days and nights. Why make such a trek? The young couple was required by the Roman tax collectors to register in the City of Bethlehem.

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Please note that the above price is per person. For private tour we require a minimum of 4 participants. Otherwise, you will be obliged to pay the full rate of $5480 for the tour. Furthermore, and in order to confirm your booking, you will be charged a non-refundable fee of 15% upon tour confirmation. Remaining balance should be paid to the tour operators at beginning of your tour.

Upon confirmation, you will receive a confirmation email with the contact details of your tour operator.

Product Description

Nativity Trail (private tour)

Nativity Trail Itinerary –

Day one: Arrival

Upon arrival to TLV airport or any crossing borders, participants will be picked up and transferred to Nazareth. Dinner and overnight in Nazareth

Day two: Nazareth and Mount Tabor

A tour of Nazareth including the Church of the Annunciation and the house of Mary, drive to the foot of Mount Tabor. Ascend Tabor and visit the monastery of the Transfiguration. Dinner and overnight in Jenin, a city north of the West Bank.

Day three: Faqu’a to Zababdeh. 20 km

Early morning, drive to the village of Faqua. Start walking towards Zababdeh. Across the rolling Eastern hills of Palestine, through the village of Jalbun and Mughayir to Zababdeh, a Christian town on the ancient Roman trade route. Overnight accommodation in Zababdeh.

Day four: Zababdeh to Fara’a 15 km

Through olive groves and forests on the fertile hills of the West Bank, descending to the spring of Ain Fara’a. Walk through the vegetable basket of Palestine. Arrive to Fara’a, visit the archaeological sites of Jacob and his family. Dinner and overnight with local families.

Day five: Fara’s to Nablus: 15 km

Walk through the orange groves to the broad sweep of Wadi Bidan, a picturesque valley system rich in mountain springs. While in Nablus, we will visit Jacob’s well and Tel Balata. After checking into our hotel in the old city of Nablus, we will tour the old city and enjoy bathing in the Turkish Bath. We will enjoy a traditional Palestinian meal at the Turkish bath in addition to traditional Palestinian music. Overnight: in the old city of Nablus.

Day six: Nablus to Duma

Walk through the Huwara checkpoint and continue from the village of Huwara to Awarta, enjoy the beautiful ancient old buildings in the village, visit the famous Maqams and continue to mount Awrma. Before arriving to Aqraba, rest at Mount Awrma and enjoy the scenes of Palestine and the ancient archaeological site. Continue to Aqraba, Majdal Bani Fadil. The trail follows the escarpment separating the fertile highlands from the arid slopes of the Jordan valley, offering the first views of the desert and Jordan before reaching the agriculture hilltop town of Duma with it’s olive groves. Overnight : village accommodation with families

Day seven: Duma to Ain Auja. 18 km

Hike across deep valleys and over high hills inhabited by shepherds before descending a rocky gorge to sea level at Auja Spring, one of the largest water sources in the Jordan valley. Overnight: camping with Bedouin shepherds near Al Auja.

Day eight: Auja to Jericho. 13 km

Desert terrain gives way to orange groves as the journey continues to the Mount of Temptation with its orthodox monastery clinging to the cliffs, then to Jericho, the oldest city on earth. Drive to the Dead Sea and enjoy swimming in its salty water. Overnight: orange grove camping or hotel in Jericho,

Day nine: Jericho to Nabi Musa. 14 km

Up the spectacular canyon of Wadi Qelt to St. George Koziba monastery, then over the arid mountains of the Bethlehem wilderness to the remote and dramatically situated Nabi Musa. Overnight: Nabi Musa guesthouse or camping.

Day ten: Nabi Musa to Mar Saba. 8 km

The original Nativity trail from Nabi Musa involved walking along the road, then taking tracks directly through the desert to the legendary orthodox monastery of Mar Saba in its wild canyon setting. The preferred route is now to drive the road, then follow desert tracks via Hyrcania, one of Herod’s mountain-top fortresses. Much more interesting! Overnight: camping outside the monastery, or with local Bedouin.

Day eleven: Mar Saba to Bethlehem. 9 km

The trail’s final segment ascends the hills of the Bethlehem wilderness to the hilltop suburbs of Bethlehem. The way then ascends on foot or by vehicle through Beit Sahour to Manager Square in Bethlehem and the Church of the Nativity on the site where the original journey ended and the Christian faith has its beginning. Dinner and overnight in Beit Sahour.

Day twelve: Departure

Accommodations will vary between, guesthouses, hotels, family stay and camping with Bedouins.

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Price includes the following:
1- All Accommodation in hotels, local families and with Bedouins
2- All Food, Breakfast, Lunch and dinner
3- Pick up from the airport and back to the airport (for groups only)
4- Snacks along the way including tea, coffee and mineral water
5- Local English speaking escorts
6- Support Vehicle along the way
7- Entrance Fees
8- Palestine and Palestinians Guide Book and maps

The price does not include the following:
1- Personal expenses
2- Pick up from the crossing border and airports to Nazareth in the first day. Transfer to the airport and crossing borders in the last day
3- Tips
4- Any other services not included above.
5- Turkish Path Experience

Accommodation:
The Nativity Trail offers a unique opportunity to experience the legendary hospitality of Palestinians. Some nights, hikers will stay in villagers’ homes. Other nights, accommodations will be in monasteries, local bed-and-breakfasts, bedouin tents, or at campsites where hikers can pitch their own tents or sleep under the stars. In all cases, the welcome will be warm though living conditions are basic.
Terrain:
Just like travelers in biblical times, hikers will be traversing beautiful but sometimes rough terrain, climbing up and down steep, rocky hillsides, crossing desert wadis (valleys) – and pausing to rest in olive groves!
What to bring:
Flash light
Hat
Sun screen
Backpack
Walking or hiking shoes
Modest clothes
An open mind and heart

Support vehicle will be available for the duration of the Walk. The support vehicle will transport your bags to every location you will be staying overnight.

Health and Useful Drugs

No vaccine mandatory

Ensure that you update your routine vaccinations. The vaccine against Hepatitis A is also recommended.

Beware of the sun. Make sure you cover up with full length clothes, wear a hat and rehydrate very often.

You can find pharmacies in the West Bank but nonetheless we recommend you bring the following medications, often helpful:

intestinal antiseptic.
Antibiotics–broad spectrum.
Sunscreen–high protection
Aspirin or pain medication
disinfectant
Antihistamine (allergies, bites)